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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Travel and Photography | Climb The Mountain So You Can See The World

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once Upon a Time On Top of Mount Kinabalu | Sabah Malaysia North Borneo

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

- David McCullough Jr. -

 

Portrait Photography | The Secret for Getting Razor Sharp Photos With 50 mm Lens

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Portrait of Arianna My Daughter | ISO 400 | f/2 | 1/160 | 50 mm

“Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multimedia montage, the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected.”

- Ralph Gibson -

I’m quite busy this past few days, actually I’m very busy this month, and hardly have any time left to photograph my family but this late afternoon I took the chance to photograph my little daughter Arianna. The photograph above were taken with my trusted 50 mm f/1.4 lens. Anyway this morning while busy covering the rehearsal of the upcoming Malaysia 57th Independence Day Celebration at Independence Square Kuala Lumpur, I met one of my Facebook friend asking me about 50 mm lens.

To cut the things short, we were talking about shutter speed, aperture and ISO, some  basic setting about photography and I told him that among the most important factor that must be taken into consideration when using 50 mm lens at wide aperture like f/1.8 or f/2 is to use very fast shutter speed especially if we are hand holding the camera.

Normally I will never use a shutter speed any lower than 1/100 when photographing my children, simply because they never know how to stand still for a few second, always on the move. It was very late afternoon when I took the photograph above and in order for me to be able to use faster shutter speed, I need to increase the ISO to 400, at first I try to use ISO 200 but then in order for me to properly exposed the images I need to use shutter speed around 1/60 sec and I know that won’t gonna work, unless I’m photographing a statue.

*Note : Using smaller aperture like f/8 or f/22 and using lower ISO will definitely add up to the sharpness of the photograph  but if you are using 50 mm lens for portrait work with large aperture like f/2, then you really need to pay closer attention to the shutter speeds that you are using.

Actually I’ve written  quite a long blog post about this subject already. Maybe you can visit my previous blog post HERE for more information.

Raptai Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-57 | Dataran Merdeka | Malaysia 57th Independence Day

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raptai Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-57 Di Dataran Merdeka

Banyak sebenarnya gambar raptai yang saya rakam tapi macam suratkhabar jugaklah, dalam beribu-ribu gambar yang dirakam oleh sang photographer, adalah sepuluh keping atau sekeping sahaja yang keluar di dada akhbar. Saya bukan tak nak kongsi banyak lagi gambar tapi jadual saya agak sibuk, lagipun bandwidth broadband saya dah menjerit semput, maklulah broadband ni bukan company yang sediakan, so nak guna quota bandwidth untuk perkara lain lagi seperti baca blog-blog travel dan tengok harga tiket kapal terbang.

Just nak beritahu gambar “Human Pattern” yang ramai-ramai tu saya rakam di jejantas LRT Bandaraya yang menghala ke SOGO, kalau sesiapa yang nak ambil gambar kat sana tak perlu ada pass media, boleh jer, cuma ruang agak sempit. Tak perlulah awal-awal nak ke sana, boleh rakam gambar di Dataran Merdeka dulu, bila perbarisan mula berarak masuk melalui pentas utama, sesiapa yang nak rakam human pattern ni boleh angkat kaki pergi sana. Kalau tak larat berjalan kaki, naik sahaja LRT dari Masjid Jamek. Rakaman gambar “human pattern” tu saya guna lens 70-200 mm sahaja.

Untuk makluman semua lagi, Sambutan Kemerdekaan ni seperti biasa akan bermula tepat pukul 8 AM dengan kehadiran SPB YDP Agong. So kepada sesiapa yang nak datang sini, datang awal, pernah beberapa kali sewaktu saya nak balik naik LRT menuju ke Masjid Jamek, jumpa beberapa anggota keluarga yang bawa anak kecil tanya, dah habis ke perarakan, kalau pukul 10 Am datang memang dah nak selesai, kebiasaanya seawal jam 7:30 AM laluan menuju ke Dataran Merdeka terutamanya di pinggir-pinggir jalan dah penuh sesak dengan orang ramai. Kepada yang nak datang dengan keluarga tu datang seawal mungkin untuk mengelakkan kekecewaan. Kepada yang minat photography, datang awal supaya boleh pilih sudut pandang yang diinginkan.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Antara Watak Kartun Yang Mengambil Bahagoan | Upin dan Ipin

Kepada yang nak bawa anak-anak tengok watak Upin dan IPin tu jangan berharap sangat, sebabnya dari apa yang saya tengok karakter Upin dan Ipin tu hanya beraksi di pentas utama sahaja, saya tak nampak pulak karakter tu berjalan kaki dari Dataran Merdeka Sampai ke Sogo sana. So tak perlulah nak berjanji dengan anak-anak tetapi mungkin anda boleh tunggu hingga majlis selesai. Lepas semua VVIP bergerak pulang, mungkin boleh bawa anak-anak ke tengah padang di Dataran, Kalau ada rezeki dan bernasib baik, bolehlah bergambar kenangan dengan Upin dan iPin. Upin dan iPin tiada dalam rakaman gambar di atas tu sebab mereka sedang menyanyi di pentas utama bersama kakaknya.

Travel Photography | The Early Bird Gets The Worm

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Beautiful Early Morning Mist at Bario Sarawak

“And I walked for hours, imagining the mist growing thick and swallowing me whole. The thought of disappearing like that, so simply, made me so happy.” 

- Jay Asher - 

“The Early Bird Gets The Worm”. I think everyone knows that and when it comes to photography, those who rise early definitely have a chance to get a better photographs. Normally the best lighting when it comes to natural light is during early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. We often refer it to the golden light, but there is also a place where we normally can’t get a golden light during early morning, what you will get is a thick blanket of mist, like here in Bario Sarawak.

I’ve spent almost a week here in Bario Sarawak and I notice that the best time to get a photo opportunity when it comes to landscape is during early morning. Bario is known for its cool climate and what is the better way to show it than a picture of a blanket of mist. It can get hotter here during midday but very cold at night at during early morning before 9 am.

The above photograph were not a pre plan shot, me and my friend just wandering around looking for some picture and happens to saw this man walking with his dog going somewhere, maybe going to work or something. What attract me is their reflections in the water. So I quickly grab my camera which were attached with 24-70 mm and take a few shots. This scene can also happens during midday but without the blanket of mist, I don’t think the mood will be the same, it is different atmosphere, it will be just ordinary.

And one more thing about “The early bird gets the worm”, I wrote this blog post around 4:30 Am in the morning when my wife and children still sleeping, I will not have a chance or peace of mind writing this post when when my children screaming for my attention and just like any other blog post before this, normally it is written at this time.

Family Photography | Happy Birthday HaiQal | 7 Year Old

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | HaiQal Birthday

Just a simple birthday party for my son HaiQal which is seven year old on 22nd August this year. Not really a birthday party actually, just simple family gathering. I was so busy on 22nd August at Kuala Lumpur International Airport covering the MH17 but I did manage to buy the birthday cake for my son that night but too tired to take any photos. The photograph above were taken the next day which is on 23rd August. Happy Birthday My Son…